Prime Minister Julia Gillard is allowing her word to be trashed by logging in high-conservation areas that were supposedly protected under an agreement she signed with the government of Tasmania, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"We have a serious dispute with Prime Minister Gillard over this matter. She signed on the 7th of August to say that logging would stop immediately in the 430,000 hectares of high-conservation value forest. And a compensation mechanism was put in place if logging were deemed to have been required," Senator Brown said.
"What we have now is broad-scale logging continuing in forests reserved for their high-conservation value. This is a serious breach of a written agreement by the Prime Minister and the Premier - the intergovernmental agreement."
"Every day their word on that document is being clear-felled by the logging activities of Forestry Tasmania, Ta Ann and the others involved in the Catamaran forests, in the Picton forests, in the Styx, the Weld and elsewhere."
"I cannot understand how she can allow her word to be trashed by the logging going on in these magnificent World Heritage value forests in Tasmania. It must stop."